Tourist sites in Ghana and their regions
People travel to tourists sites for various reasons, some for relaxation, others for education and information and some too travel because they love to explore.
If you are a foreigner or even a Ghanaian thinking of the preferred tourists sites destination for you within the 16 regions of Ghana, then this is the right post for you.
We will introduce you to some fascinating tourists sites in Ghana, where they are located at and what to expect when you take a trip to those places.
Greater Accra Region
For those coming to Ghana by air, you are likely to make your first stop at the Country’s capital Accra located in the Greater Accra Region.
Because of how fast it is growing among cities in Africa and the world, people do not know Accra have some of the coolest tourists sites listed below;
- Achimota Forest and thus Accra Zoo
- Osu Castle
- Shai Hills
- Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
- Ada, Prampram Coastline
The Achimota forest is among the reserved areas in Ghana.
It currently house the Accra Zoo which have variety of wildlife.
A trip to the Achimota Forest would give you an insight that Accra is not just an urban development area but also comes with some of the coolest things you would love to see.
The Osu castle used to be Ghana’s seat of Government till the flagstaff house was built.
It’s currently a national security building but tourist are allowed in there to familiarize with the place.
It gives an insight of the colonial era and leave traces of what used to be Gold Coast and now Ghana.
The Shai Hills located at the eastern part of Accra is one of the left natural conservation areas within the Greater Accra region.
Its road leads to the famous Akosombo Dam.
Driving along that stretch, you are likely to see either Monkeys or baboons and other wildlife species.
It’s a place to visit.
Ada, Prampram Coastline
If you are a beach lover in Accra, you may have to consider traveling to Ada or Prampram, they have some of the finest beaches within the Greater Accra region with recreational facilities which gives you value for money.
The Ashanti region plays an important role in promoting tradition in Ghana and beyond.
The region have a number of tourists sites but the most popular obviously has to be with the Manhyia Palace.
Other Tourists sites in the region includes
- Lake Bosomtwe
- Manhyia Palace
- Okomfo Anokye sword site
- Kumasi Zoo
The only natural lake in Ghana is the Lake Bosomtwe located in the Ashanti region.
It is situated within an ancient impact crater that is about 10.5 kilometres in diameter. It is about 30 km south-east of Kumasi the capital of Ashanti region.
Manhyia Palace is the residence of the Asante King.
The palace plays an important role in the Akan Culture and traditions of the Asantes.
A visit there will give you the history of the Asante Kingdom, the past kings and their impact and role in building modern day Ghana.
Okomfo Anokye sword site
This site is where Okomfo Anokye, the chief Priest of the Asante Kingdom planted a sword which has never been moved.
The Kumasi Zoo is one of the best places in Ghana to get familiarized with wildlife in Ghana.
It comes with different species of mammals and birds among other living creatures.
The Volta region have got some interesting landscapes in Ghana.
It has the highest mountain in Ghana and comes with some water falls among other interesting places to visit.
Other tourists sites in the region includes
- Mount Afadja
- Wli Falls
This mountain is the tallest in Ghana and it comes with some interesting history behind the name and other intriguing stories.
It has a fascinating view when you are able to make it to the apex of the mountain
The Wli Falls is one breathing site in Ghana you should visit.
It comes with a clean environment with the natural water flowing from its Rocky Mountain.
The central region plays a big role in Ghana’s tourism industry.
Places in the central region you must visit includes
- Kakum National Park
- Cape Coast and Elmina Castle
Kakum National Park
The Kakum National park is arguably the most popular natural reserve in Ghana.
The park comes with a canopy walk you would love to experience.
Cape Coast and Elmina Castle
The twin towns of Cape Coast and Elmina all have separate ancient castles built by the Europeans when they landed in the Gold Coast.
It leaves traces of slave trade and how Ghanaians were subjected to barbaric treatment by the whites when they invaded Ghana.
The eastern region equally comes with some good destinations for exploration which includes
- Boti Falls
- Aburi Botanical Gardens
Boti Falls is arguably the most popular falls in Ghana located in the eastern region.
If you intend having a natural feel of the mountainous landscape of the Eastern region, take a trip to Boti Falls.
Aburi Botanical Gardens
The Garden comes with a collection of different species of plants.
It’s cozy and very good for relaxation.
The western region of Ghana is not only known for its enormous natural resources deposit but fones with some fine tourists sites as well which includes
- Fort Metal Cross
The Nzulenzu community is the most popular tourist site in the western region.
It’s basically a full community living on a river.
The history behind their settlement, how they have survived among other stories is something you cannot miss.
Fort Metal Cross
This fort is located at Dixcove, built in 1683, it’s one of the many forts built along the coastline of the western region when the Europeans came to the Gold Coast.
The Brong Ahafo Region is one f the diverse regions in Ghana not only with indigenous people but with tourists sites too as well.
Here are a few of the tourist places in the region
- Kintampo Falls
- Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary
- Bui National Park
The Falls is situated on the Kintampo-Tamale highway.
It’s a nice place you would love when you visit.
Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary
This monkey sanctuary comes with different species of monkeys.
Bui National Park
The Bui National Park is famous for the Bui Dam which is one of Ghana’s hydroelectric dams.
The park is a great place you would love to be
The northern region is a hone to rich culture, vast land and nice people.
Some of the tourists sites in the region are
- Mole National Park
- Larabanga Mosque
- Salaga Slave Market
Mole National Park
This park is very popular in Ghana as it comes with multiple wildlife animals like the African elephants among others.
The Iconic mosque is among the oldest mosque to be built in the world.
Salaga Slave Market
Just as the names says, it’s was one destination where people were sold and bought as slaves by the Europeans and thus transported to Europe and the America’s.
Upper East Region
The Upper East is also endowed with some great natural landscapes and gave some tourist sites which are;
- Paga Crocodile Pond
- Pikworo Slave camp
Paga Crocodile Pond
Of course when tourism is mentioned in the upper east region, one place that comes to mind is the legendary Paga Crocodile pond.
It’s a great place you would love to be at.
Pikworo Slave camp
The Pikworo Slave camp was a place where slaves being transported from Burkina Faso are camped for days before they are moved to Salaga for sales.
It have traces of the cruel treatment ancient people have to undergo in the hands of Europeans and some of their own cruel people.
Just like the Upper East region, the Upper West region also have some breathtaking views when it comes to Tourism which includes;
- Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary
- Wa Naa Palace
Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary
The Wechiau Hippo Sanctuary is a home for many hippopotamus.
Wa Naa Palace
The palace just like Manhyia palace is is an ideal place to visit when you intend knowing about the history of the People of the Upper West region.
So there you have it these are just a selected few of the tourists sites in Ghana.
In all, there are over 40 tourists sites in Ghana and these are just a handful of the many which wasn’t listed in this post.
This should tell you Ghana is well placed for tourism.
The country is peaceful, loving people, and above all with beautiful places to visit.
Note, the above listed Tourist destination is for the 10 regions, currently Ghana have 16 regions of which the newly created 6 are just carved out of the existing 10.
The tourists sites are enormous and scattered across all the 16 regions in all.